HOUSE NEWCOMER Freshman lawmaker in the fire: Garcia Richard takes heat from both sides over license bill

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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:29 am, Sun Mar 17, 2013.

For many Roundhouse regulars, whether New Mexico would stop issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants wasn’t a major question during this year’s legislative session. Even the advocates on both sides of the issue privately seemed to acknowledge the votes weren’t there to repeal the current law.

But for one freshman lawmaker, dealing with the issue has been an intense experience. Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, who campaigned in favor of repeal last year while wresting away a legislative seat long held by Republicans, found herself pressured by fellow Democrats and skewered by Republicans over her votes.

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  • Jimmy Green posted at 10:57 am on Mon, Mar 18, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 156

    it's because she's a member of the wrong party. wrong for citizens, wrong for workers, wrong for fiscal responsibility, wrong for NM, wrong for the country. Jump Ships! We'd love to have you!!

    PS: isn't this new posting forum fantastic? Dead links, 404 errors, re-directs... The whole electronic site took a giant leap forward. and what is this im signed into? What happened to disqus? Now i have yet ANOTHER log in to ANOTHER site when everybody else is on disqus. Fantastic.

  • mla_ca posted at 9:47 pm on Fri, Mar 15, 2013.

    mla_ca Posts: 1

    Good point Khal! I saw the interview on KRSN and was kind of shocked by the interviewers. Not that they were being rude, but rather that they simply seemed very obtuse! Almost as if they were incapable of having an intelligent interview.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 9:02 am on Fri, Mar 15, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 1045

    If both sides are mad at Rep. Richards, she is probably doing a good job.

  • B H posted at 10:32 pm on Thu, Mar 14, 2013.

    pajaritomt Posts: 5

    Stephanie Garcia Richard did not break any campaign promises regarding the undocumented driver's license bill. She stated clearly to me, while running for office that she didn't think undocumented workers should be given driver's licenses in their current form. She felt something different was more appropriate. I did not discuss it with her further, but I disagreed with her mightily. But she stuck to her view.
    And that is exactly how she voted in committee in the House. Susanna Martinez keeps trying to pick a fight with her on the issue, but I can't see what the Governor is griping about. Ms Richard voted as she promised me she would and up until now she and the Gov are on the same page on that issue.
    Maybe the Gov just doesn't like the fact that Ms. Richard defeated a Republican party favorite Jim Hall? i can't say, what her beef is, but I can't see how the Gov can find fault with the way she voted on the driver's license issue.


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Mar. 2 — Albuquerque NOW (National Organization for Women), celebrate Women's History and equal rights, Rotunda, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Mar. 4 — Charter School Day at the Legislature Rotunda, Press Conference 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Halls of History, Westside 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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